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Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531
     

Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531

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by Laurence Yep
 
The Royal Diaries proudly presents two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep, whose stunning diary of sixteen-year-old Lady of Ch'iao Kuo takes readers on a remarkable adventure to Southern China in the sixth century A.D., where Ch'iao Kuo, a born leader called Red Bird, is courageous and keenly intelligent.

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The Royal Diaries proudly presents two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep, whose stunning diary of sixteen-year-old Lady of Ch'iao Kuo takes readers on a remarkable adventure to Southern China in the sixth century A.D., where Ch'iao Kuo, a born leader called Red Bird, is courageous and keenly intelligent.

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Children's Literature
The setting for this Scholastic "Royal Diary" is Southern China, A.D. 531. Author Laurence Yep recreates the life of an intriguing historical figure, the Lady Ch'iao Kuo. This fictionalized account, written in diary format, chronicles the adventures of the fifteen-year-old princess of the Hsien tribe, who becomes a liaison between her own people and the local Chinese colonists. Regarding his decision to write about the Lady, Yep writes that "The official Chinese histories are usually concerned with the crimes and achievements of emperors so it is remarkable that the Chinese historian, Wei Cheng, dedicated almost four pages to the Lady of Ch'ial Kuo." Yep's entries chronicle the Lady's role in a war in which she uses both brains and brawn to resolve the violent conflict. At times, the entries seem more intent on educating the reader about early Southern Chinese culture than on expressing the young woman's thoughts, reflections and motivations. Overall, Yep crafts a rich portrait of a remarkable adolescent girl and her times that would make a good addition to a history or social studies curriculum. The book includes background material, including photographs and maps. 2001, Scholastic, $12.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Elizabeth Marshall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439164832
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Royal Diaries Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.69(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laurence Yep is a prolific Chinese-American author of children's books. He is best known for the 10-book Golden Mountain Chronicles; Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate were both Newbery Honor books. In 2005 the American Librarian Association awarded Yep the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, notably for Dragonwings, The Rainbow People, The Khan's Daughter, and the autobiographical The Lost Garden. Yep's books are often influenced by Chinese mythology and touch upon the dilemma of the cultural outsider.

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Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really great. It probably didn't give the best account of life during those times, but her life was probably not documented as well as other princesses like Marie Antoinette, or Elizabeth 1st. It was still really great though.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was waiting for school library to start and when I finally got this book, it was worse than the painting on the cover. It was sundae without the cherry. I was hoping for description in every paragraph and imagining pictures of what life would be like back then but I got nothing. This book is not terrible but it is not wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This saying is as true as it is and as it gets. I own this book and have no regrets what-so-ever. Laurence Yep truly knows how to use a pen, a mighty tool, to depict a mighty character, such as Princess Redbird. She is smart, wise, and cunning as both a warrior and a princess. If I were ever a princess, my goal would be to be a wise ruler, such as herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite royal diaries! No one can resist this historical fiction.This book is about a sixteen year old chinese princess of the Hesien tribe.This story takes place in southern china,A.D 531.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished the book. But at the top of the page the blue heading says Warrior of the South and is special edition, but the large view of the book says Red Bird of the South and does not say A.D. fore the date
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book two years ago, and I must say that I went RIGHT out and bought it once I finished reading it. It's really amazing and one of my favorite diaries in this series made. It's a perfect story and it's about a setting and time not really explored, so it's worth reading!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the best i ever read it was exciting and fun but all so sad
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo is unlike most of the Royals Diaries in its plot. The Lady is treated more like a boy instead of girl being given the privalage to go to school as well as listen in on importan meetings. This is one of the more adventures books in the series. It is well written by and award winny author Laurence Yep. He is able to fully describe what life must of been like for this young lady, with only a few resources. The Lady is a roayl that most people hear very little about though she is probably one of the most exciting rulers in history. I can not give this book enough compliments and I would strongly recomand as one of the first books to read in this series if someone is becomin interested with these books. I would NOT however, suggest some of the newer diaries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book is one of the greatest books in the Royal Diaries series!!!!!!! Laurence Yep is a truly amazing author. The book brings together lots of philosophy ideas but makes them unboring. THere is also romance and war in it. This book is AWESOME!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really know what to think. I thought it was sort of boring. I wouldn't really recomend this book to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love historic books, and this one really hit home. I loved it! I could not have thoguht of a better way to read about history!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonferful. I loved a every bit of it. i know that this may be surprising but the reason is the writer is sooooooooo good. Though the Lady of Ch'iao Kuo wasn't my type of princess I admired how she was able to win a war (and I hate wars as well). My favorite charcters were Yu and Ch'ai. It was very sad what happened to them in the end. This wasn't my favorite one I've read but it was definately a good one. So read it and the other books because after 2004 (according to Kit Donata who reviewed Cleopatra) they won't be makeing anymore of these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that if I had to pick any one of the royal diaries to be my favorite this would have to be the one. Though it is long it keeps you interested the whole time. I think that the title is so true because she was a true warrior. Can you imagine your whole world falling apart and many of the people you loved dieing before your eyes. I think that she is what courage is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. The lady is on my list of people I idolize (I have 3 people on this list). Imagine, using snakes and lizards as your allies! I totally recommend this cool and exciting book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great. I would suggest it to anybody interested in ancient Heisen culture. It was filled with battles and adventure. I read it all the way through one day last April. It is a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My email ( wnba_chic_23@blackplanet.com) This book was amazing. Very detailed. The author, Laurence Yep, was very informative and told alot about the Asian culture. It was a great book to read. I recommend it to anyone mature enough to read a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best from Royal Diaries Series. You should read this book, and tell anyone about it, because you will take interest into it right away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good just a little bit slow in some parts but very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction is fascinating from a Chinese medieval history standpoint, as well as being an engaging portrait of a teenage girl growing up in trying times. My ancestors are from that general area, yet I had no previous knowledge of the local tribes and Chinese colonization in the 500's AD. The topics of war and peace are also relevant for the turmoil of our current times. I enjoyed this book as an adult; (it was mistakenly left at my house by a pre-teen), and am buying copies for my neice and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady of Ch¿iao Kuo lived in southern China in A.D. 531-A.D. 601. She lived during a time where her people the Hsien¿s and their neighboring people the Chinese had many differences and each culture thought their own was better. This book about the Lady going to school in a Chinese village with Chinese students that make fun of her and her culture like calling her ¿Leather Foot¿ and a ¿Savage Princess¿. The book is really about The Lady going to school in a Chinese village and her life at home. She has a room at the school master¿s house that she lives in most of the time except on vacations and holidays. While I was reading this book I made a connection to the world. I made this connection because the cultures in this book are like the countries in the world. We have many conflicts like the ones in the book. I had many questions while I was reading this book, particularly about the Dog Heads and the other cultures mentioned. The most important strategy I had to use while reading this book was visualizing. I had to use this strategy because there were many confusing times that visualizing was the best to use. For example when the Dog Heads attacked the Chinese villages I visualized a throng of barbarians with spears attacking a village full of people running around like crazy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't think I'd like this book. I changed my mind though, this has become one of my favorite Royal Diaries. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS TO UNDERSTAND!!!!